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  1. How to Form and Use a Study Group Effectively Presentation Prepared by Debbie Maskin SUNY-Oneonta

  2. What is a study group? • A study group is a group of three to five students who work together to share information and help each other achieve greater academic success. • It is an arena for learning where you can : • Ask questions you might not wish to ask in class. • Gain understanding of material you find confusing. • Master information you will need to know. Prepared by Debbie Maskin, SUNY-Oneonta

  3. A study group gives emotional as well as intellectual support. It helps each member to become more motivated and more organized. From each group member you may learn alternative study techniques or important tips on how to achieve success in college. Advantages of a study group Prepared by Debbie Maskin, SUNY-Oneonta

  4. How to form a study group • Gather a small group of students who are serious about their classes and attend classes well prepared and choose a subject you are having difficulty with or a subject that has a great deal of information to learn. • OR choose three or four people from your class who are serious about doing well in a particular course. Prepared by Debbie Maskin, SUNY-Oneonta

  5. How to form a study group, continued • These people need not necessarily be your friends, but they should be people with whom you feel comfortable. • A study group must meet on a regular basis to be effective. We suggest at least once a week. Sessions should last one to three hours. When preparing for exams you may wish to meet more frequently. Prepared by Debbie Maskin, SUNY-Oneonta

  6. How to arrange meetings • Exchange information on each participant: • Name, phone, email • Schedule of classes • Preferences for meeting times • Choose someone who will be responsible for finding a meeting place and contacting the others. Prepared by Debbie Maskin, SUNY-Oneonta

  7. How to arrange meetings, continued • Consider contacting the Learning Support Services, in Alumni Hall (436-3010) • One or two members of the group can meet with a learning tutor to get pointers and to see if the LSS has study materials on hand for your subject. • The LSS may have space available for you to meet with your group. • Inform your professor that you’ve put together a group and ask for supplemental study materials to help meet your group’s learning goals. Prepared by Debbie Maskin, SUNY-Oneonta

  8. IMPORTANT POINTS • Set up a convenient time and place to meet. • Try to meet at the same time and place each week. • Make as serious a commitment to the study group as to attending classes. Prepared by Debbie Maskin, SUNY-Oneonta

  9. At your first meeting • Determine the rules you will follow so that each person will share in making the group strong. • Include specifics such as coming to the meetings on time, being prepared, and socializing. • Discuss the leadership of your group: • Will one person assume the leadership? • Will your group alternate leaders? Prepared by Debbie Maskin, SUNY-Oneonta

  10. At your first meeting, continued • Set appropriate goals for your group: • Will you meet mainly to study for tests? • Will you do group projects together? • Will you work on homework together? Prepared by Debbie Maskin, SUNY-Oneonta

  11. At your first meeting, continued • Discuss rules concerning sharing: • What materials (like notes or homework) will you share with group members? • Will you go over your graded tests and assignments with each other? Prepared by Debbie Maskin, SUNY-Oneonta

  12. Allotting time • An important task of a study group is to help prepare for quizzes and major exams. Quizzes may require more frequent but shorter-term study, while a major exam requires two to four weeks of review. At midterm and finals time you should increase your meeting time about two hours per week. This additional time should be used solely to study for the exams. Prepared by Debbie Maskin, SUNY-Oneonta

  13. Allocating time, continued • If the exam is in a problem-solving course such as chemistry or physics, this time should be allocated to problem solving. These can be problems from the text or from former exams, or members of the group can make up problems, and individual group members can solve them and explain them to the group. • Review text, handouts, notes, vocabulary cards, maps, previous tests taken in class, and any teacher-prepared suggestions or questions for study. Prepared by Debbie Maskin, SUNY-Oneonta

  14. Allocating time, continued • Practicing with “old exams” can be an excellent exercise for preparation for exams, but remember: Exams change. Do not rely solely on exam review to prepare for our tests. • Make up your own questions, answer them, and get psyched! Prepared by Debbie Maskin, SUNY-Oneonta

  15. Important points to remember • The study group must find a common place to meet and meet on a regular basis. • The group must work as a team, and all members of the team must participate equally. • For a study group to be most effective it must work together. Each group member must do his or her share • Students who habitually come to the group unprepared or under-prepared should be dropped from the group. Prepared by Debbie Maskin, SUNY-Oneonta

  16. Use a study group wisely and enjoy your success! Prepared by Debbie Maskin, SUNY-Oneonta